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Posted: 1/22/2008 10:40:00 AM EST
The deal is.. someone gives you a time machine and $100.

You must use the $100 to buy a modern product and then take that product back into time to benefit a group of people.

So... what / who / when /where / why


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Personally I would take back $100 worth of vitamin C drops.
(80) - 100% daily value drops for $4

I could help to make some freaking awesome pirates if they werent always being pestered by the SCURVY!
cmmg
Link Posted: 1/22/2008 10:42:05 AM EST
[#1]
I would buy a bunch of slim jims, then travel to pre 34 and tell people to vote "NO!" on the NFA.
Link Posted: 1/22/2008 10:42:53 AM EST
[#2]
A how to book on how computers work.
Link Posted: 1/22/2008 10:43:29 AM EST
[#3]

Quoted:
The deal is.. someone gives you a time machine and $100.

You must use the $100 to buy a modern product and then take that product back into time to benefit a group of people.

So... what / who / when /where / why


--------------------------------------------------------------------

Personally I would take back $100 worth of vitamin C drops.
(80) - 100% daily value drops for $4

I could help to make some freaking awesome pirates if they werent always being pestered by the SCURVY!


100 dollars?

Hmmm....Mosin Nagant (I'd look hard and find one for 40 bucks) and ammo.  Off to Masada. Bye bye Roman officers.

-Ben
Link Posted: 1/22/2008 10:43:55 AM EST
[#4]
Can I instead go back in time put the 100 dollars in a bank account, and come back to present and cash in on the interest?
Link Posted: 1/22/2008 10:44:14 AM EST
[#5]
Take the $100 to Half Price books.  Buy as many technical manuals, science books, and history primers as possible.
Link Posted: 1/22/2008 10:47:46 AM EST
[#6]
my buddy says steam engine blueprints to 400 b.c. I would bring a mosin nagant to the americas in 1200 a.d.
Link Posted: 1/22/2008 10:52:40 AM EST
[#7]
Buy an S-mart 12ga shotgun and go back to Medieval Europe.  Watch the hilarity ensue!

ETA:  He gave me a time machine?  What do I need $100 for...?
Link Posted: 1/22/2008 10:52:52 AM EST
[#8]

I check ebay, there are old laptops for 50 dollars. Just need something that can read a cd. Get myself a really cheap solar panel and rig it to somehow recharge the laptop battery. With the few dollars left buy one of those bargain stacks of cd's. Download everything of any importance and put it on the cd's. Go back a few thousands years and give civilization a huge jump. Start a great empire and check on it every 50 years for a day. By now technologically I should have a rather good fleet of starships.

On the other hand if only one product is allowed not just a hundred dollar limit. I am spending on a lot of printer paper which I will print a lot of info on before I go back.
Link Posted: 1/22/2008 10:54:36 AM EST
[#9]

Quoted:
Buy an S-mart 12ga shotgun and go back to Medieval Europe.  Watch the hilarity ensue!

ETA:  He gave me a time machine?  What do I need $100 for...?


I'd bring along a chainsaw of my own too.  Just for the hell of it.
Link Posted: 1/22/2008 10:55:23 AM EST
[#10]
Perhaps a forged "Casear owes you 25 Mediterranean islands..." promissory note?
Link Posted: 1/22/2008 10:57:25 AM EST
[#11]
Machete.  Garden of Eden.

Kill that damned snake.
Link Posted: 1/22/2008 10:57:41 AM EST
[#12]
I'd buy used text books on nuclear, aerospace, and electrical engineering and give them to the War department in 1939.
Link Posted: 1/22/2008 10:58:32 AM EST
[#13]
I would buy all the broad spectrum antibiotics I can, and bring them to 14th century Europe.
Link Posted: 1/22/2008 10:59:19 AM EST
[#14]
Condoms. Give them to Bill Clintons mother. Tell her its for the children.
Link Posted: 1/22/2008 10:59:47 AM EST
[#15]
I always wanted to see some of the battles of the American Civil War.

What I would bring with me, however, I can't really say.  Maybe a ghillie suit and a camera?  
Link Posted: 1/22/2008 11:00:13 AM EST
[#16]

Quoted:
I would buy all the broad spectrum antibiotics I can, and bring them to 14th century Europe.


So we would have super resistant strains of virii today?
Link Posted: 1/22/2008 11:01:09 AM EST
[#17]
height=8
Quoted:
Condoms. Give them to Bill Clintons mother. Tell her its for the children.



so odd.. i was honestly just thinking the same thing but with hillary.
Link Posted: 1/22/2008 11:01:29 AM EST
[#18]
Link Posted: 1/22/2008 11:02:11 AM EST
[#19]
I wouldn't do a thing. If I mess up history, I might end up not even being born, and that just brings up a big paradox right there.
Link Posted: 1/22/2008 11:03:42 AM EST
[#20]
I'm not sure I could get a first aid handbook translated into middle english for $100, but basic medical/sanitary info would have helped western Europe tremendously several centuries ago.

Quality, modern steel hand tools to the bronze age?
Link Posted: 1/22/2008 11:04:48 AM EST
[#21]
so many possibilities...

- a WWII DVD set and a DVD player and go to Japan, circa 1930.

- A "History of Fender guitars" book, and go see Leo..circa 1963... "don't do it, old man!"



Link Posted: 1/22/2008 11:05:07 AM EST
[#22]
<Not posted for COC violation>
Link Posted: 1/22/2008 11:05:35 AM EST
[#23]
Back to the Future style. I would buy a sports almanac now and go back and place bets with the left over $80 and be the richest man in the world.
Link Posted: 1/22/2008 11:05:49 AM EST
[#24]
tooth brush

Go to the U.K.
Link Posted: 1/22/2008 11:08:01 AM EST
[#25]
Birth Control Pills and Condoms for Hitler's and Stalin's parents before they were born to stop the massive genocides they would both commit.
Link Posted: 1/22/2008 11:09:39 AM EST
[#26]

Quoted:
Back to the Future style. I would buy a sports almanac now and go back and place bets with the left over $80 and be the richest man in the world.


Forget that, go back the height of the great depression, convert that into 1930s dollars, which would about $4800 and buy as many shares of GE as you can buy.
Link Posted: 1/22/2008 11:10:31 AM EST
[#27]

Quoted:

Quoted:
I would buy all the broad spectrum antibiotics I can, and bring them to 14th century Europe.


So we would have super resistant strains of virii today?


bacteria =/ viruses

If people were treated properly, with a complete regiment of antibiotics, resistance wouldn't arise nearly as quickly.  
Maybe I'd bring along some cultures, microbiology books and recipes to give them a boost in knowledge about disease.

Even introducing the germ theory of disease a few hundred years early would have a huge impact.
Link Posted: 1/22/2008 11:16:18 AM EST
[#28]
I'd go back and buy SWIRE's neighbor her own Herby.
Link Posted: 1/22/2008 11:16:42 AM EST
[#29]
I'd buy $100 worth of newspapers and books detailing the failures of the new deal and bring them to America before FDR enacted them.

Think how much better our our country would be if FDR had never signed a single new deal law.

Link Posted: 1/22/2008 11:19:06 AM EST
[#30]

Quoted:
I'd buy $100 worth of newspapers and books detailing the failures of the new deal and bring them to America before FDR enacted them.

Think how much better our our country would be if FDR had never signed a single new deal law.



Dang! Beat me to it!.


Link Posted: 1/22/2008 11:26:22 AM EST
[#31]
Can I go back to Las Vegas, August 1969 and place a bet on the Mets to win the World Series?

More seriously, I would go back to post-crash 1929, buy shares of Standard Oil and try to use them to bribe the ACLU to join the 2A/RKBA cause.  As successful as the ACLU has been for other civil liberty causes, having them on 'our' side for the last 90 years would have been sweet.
Link Posted: 1/22/2008 11:31:14 AM EST
[#32]

Quoted:
Birth Control Pills and Condoms for Hitler's and Stalin's parents before they were born to stop the massive genocides they would both commit.



A hell of a lot of technological progress came out of WWII.  
Link Posted: 1/22/2008 11:33:49 AM EST
[#33]
A cheap handgun, some ammo,  and an appointment with some guy nicknamed "Mo" back around 700-something A. D. out in the mideast.


CJ
Link Posted: 1/22/2008 11:38:56 AM EST
[#34]
I would go back to the cave man days
And bring:

Bic lighter
Those balloons you can make balloon animals out of.
Kaleidoscope
Soap and bubble hoops
Really hot "Hot Sauce"
Shaving cream and razors
One of those clown flowers that squirt water out.
A PETA poster with hot naked chicks on it saying "Fur" is bad.
One of those rubber tipped spears you get at Indian gift shops while on vacation.
Air horn in a can.
Fire extinguisher.
Whiskey
Bag of hair curlers
Used bicycle

With any left over money

Candy


I'd have those Neanderthals laughing their ass off.

Well, maybe I would be the one laughing my ass off and they would be freaked out.

But we would have one hell of a time.


GM

Link Posted: 1/22/2008 11:41:21 AM EST
[#35]
Buy the technical drawings for all sorts of modern weapons and give JMB some divine inspiration so we'd have plasma rifles in the 40W range by now.
Link Posted: 1/22/2008 11:50:25 AM EST
[#36]

Quoted:

Quoted:
Take the $100 to Half Price books.  Buy as many technical manuals, science books, and history primers as possible.


you'd be burned as a heretic.


It depends on how far back you went. A book on modern tank designs could do a lot of good in 1935 Detroit.
Link Posted: 1/22/2008 11:51:51 AM EST
[#37]
I would buy the most concise, detailed and exhaustive treatise on the battle of Gettysburg 100 bucks could buy and give them to Robert E. Lee 2 or 3 months before the battle.
Link Posted: 1/22/2008 11:59:56 AM EST
[#38]
I'd go back and give steve jobs that $100 plus a couple of thousand more from my funds for a portion of Apple. Then I would go and visit the guy who sold Gates the DOS and then trade it to him for 10% of his company.
Link Posted: 1/22/2008 12:02:23 PM EST
[#39]
I'd head back to the ice age with $100 worth of bic lighters
Link Posted: 1/22/2008 12:11:17 PM EST
[#40]
Alexandria, before the library burned, fire extinguishers.
Link Posted: 1/22/2008 12:14:06 PM EST
[#41]
Why doesn't anyone go FORWARD in time?

I'd zip forward in time, figure out what is the best investment, have my future self "pay" me in gold, give me tons of future tech and THEN go back in time.

But along the lines everyone else is taking... I'd bring information. By any means possible.

I'd take that information (plus what is in my head) and have a LONG sit-down with our founding fathers. I'd inform them of what happens in the future, and where they needed to be even MORE specific in their wording.

Hopefully I could impart some very beneficial changes.

Of course, the likelyhood that ANY small change in history would effectively end my life (or cause me to not be born in the first place) might lead to some problems... I guess I'd have to hope there is more than one universe or flow of time.
Link Posted: 1/22/2008 12:18:47 PM EST
[#42]
I'd take a $50 secondhand longbow and a $50 steel knife back to the stone age and rule the world.
Link Posted: 1/22/2008 12:19:57 PM EST
[#43]
Back to '75 and buy 200 copies, Giant Size X-Men 1. Cause I'm a dork
Link Posted: 1/22/2008 12:31:11 PM EST
[#44]

Quoted:
I would go back to the cave man days
And bring:

Bic lighter
Those balloons you can make balloon animals out of.
Kaleidoscope
Soap and bubble hoops
Really hot "Hot Sauce"
Shaving cream and razors
One of those clown flowers that squirt water out.
A PETA poster with hot naked chicks on it saying "Fur" is bad.
One of those rubber tipped spears you get at Indian gift shops while on vacation.
Air horn in a can.
Fire extinguisher.
Whiskey
Bag of hair curlers
Used bicycle

With any left over money

Candy


I'd have those Neanderthals laughing their ass off.

Well, maybe I would be the one laughing my ass off and they would be freaked out.

But we would have one hell of a time.


GM






you got me laughing my ass off
Link Posted: 1/22/2008 12:32:21 PM EST
[#45]
U.S. history books, and take them back to the Constitutional Convention. Show them what went wrong (encroaching socialism, expansion of government power over everyday life, etc.) and let them hammer out an "idiot-proof" constitution. Maybe with little examples of what the government is and is not allowed to do written into it.
Link Posted: 1/22/2008 12:37:19 PM EST
[#46]

Quoted:
Alexandria, before the library burned, fire extinguishers.


Yep, I try to say this in every time travel thread I come across, and here you beat me to it.  
Link Posted: 1/22/2008 12:41:18 PM EST
[#47]
I'd go back to January 21, 2008 and fap all over again.
Link Posted: 1/23/2008 8:18:26 PM EST
[#48]
Bring video camera back to record the founding fathers on the 2nd and the whole B.O.R. clear up a whole bunch when you get back.
Link Posted: 1/23/2008 8:24:16 PM EST
[#49]

Quoted:
I'd buy used text books on nuclear, aerospace, and electrical engineering and give them to the War department in 1939.



+1 all you ask in return is the patent royalties
Link Posted: 1/23/2008 8:25:23 PM EST
[#50]
1820's
Hoo­kers.
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